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A Republican (Kasich) Said Something Humane about Gay Marriage at the GOP Debate

A Republican (Kasich) Said Something Humane about Gay Marriage at the GOP Debate: Via Fox News

Via Fox News

If you’re a sane person who missed the GOP debate in Cleveland last night, here’s the recap:

  • Donald Trump was asked some tough questions by Fox News host Megyn Kelly, and showing the same resolve he will display in the face of Putin, whined about it afterwards on Twitter.

  • Marco Rubio and Scott Walker, most conservative writers agreed, looked good.

  • Jeb Bush, most of them agreed, did not look good.

  • There was a commercial for the new NWA movie, which made everyone watching sad that Ice Cube was not also in the GOP debate.

  • John Kasich blew Twitter’s mind by saying something non-evil about gay marriage.

John Kasich on same-sex marriage at the #GOPDebate:“Because you know what, God gives me unconditional love - I'm going to give it to my family and my friends and the people around me.”

Posted by Fox News on Thursday, August 6, 2015

Fox News’s Kelly asked Kasich if he had a child who was gay how Kasich would justify his opposition to same-sex marriage. Kasich said he was "old-fashioned” and believes in “traditional marriage,” but that he accepted the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Then he said he recently attended a gay friend’s wedding.

Because somebody doesn’t think the way I do, doesn’t mean that I can’t care about them or I can’t love them. So if one of my daughters happened to be that, of course I would love them and I would accept them because that’s what we’re taught when we have strong faith. Issues like that are planted to divide us. The simple fact of the matter is, and I agree with Jeb, we need to give everybody a chance, treat everybody with respect, and let them share in this great American dream that we have, Megyn. Look, I’m gonna love my daughters no matter what they do, because you know what? God gives me unconditional love, I’m going to give it to my family, my friends, and the people around me.“

Hardly the stuff of Dan Savage, but this is basically the mainstream GOP equivalent of carrying a rainbow flag in a pride parade. Maybe the outpouring of of agreement with Kasich’s sentiments - both during the debate when the crowd cheered and online afterwards - will get the GOP to come around to modern times on gay rights.

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